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Project Management for Construction

Hut by Chris Hendrickson

From Chris Hendrickson About “Project Management for Construction”

This book develops a specific viewpoint in discussing the participants, the processes and the techniques of project management for construction. This viewpoint is that of owners who desire completion of projects in a timely, cost effective fashion. Some profound implications for the objectives and methods of project management result from this perspective:

  • The “life cycle” of costs and benefits from initial planning through operation and disposal of a facility are relevant to decision making. An owner is concerned with a project from the cradle to the grave. Construction costs represent only one portion of the overall life cycle costs.
  • Optimizing performance at one stage of the process may not be beneficial overall if additional costs or delays occur elsewhere. For example, saving money on the design process will be a false economy if the result is excess construction costs.
  • Fragmentation of project management among different specialists may be necessary, but good communication and coordination among the participants is essential to accomplish the overall goals of the project. New information technologies can be instrumental in this process, especially the Internet and specialized Extranets.
  • Productivity improvements are always of importance and value. As a result, introducing new materials and automated construction processes is always desirable as long as they are less expensive and are consistent with desired performance.
  • Quality of work and performance are critically important to the success of a project since it is the owner who will have to live with the results.

In essence, adopting the viewpoint of the owner focuses attention on the cost effectiveness of facility construction rather than competitive provision of services by the various participants.

About Chris Hendrickson

Chris Hendrickson is the Duquesne Light Company Professor of Engineering and Co-Director of the Green Design Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. His research, teaching and consulting are in the general area of engineering planning and management, including design for the environment, project management, transportation systems, finance and computer applications. Prof. Hendrickson is a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineering, an Emeritus Member of the Transportation Research Board and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Hendrickson is also the recipient of many professional awards.

Project Management Material in this Hut

What is Construction Project Management?
Strategic Planning and Construction Project Programming
Effects of Project Risks on Organization
Project Participants Organization in Construction Management
Traditional Construction Project Management: The Designer-Constructor Sequence
Professional Construction Management
Construction Project Management: Leadership and Motivation for the Project Team
Interpersonal Behavior in Project Organizations
Key Factors for Successful Construction Project Management – Perceptions of Owners and Contractors
The Design and Construction Process in Construction Project Management – Design and Construction as an Integrated System
Pre-Project Planning in Construction Project Management
The Project Definition Rating Index (PDRI) for Building Projects
Approaches to Cost Estimation in Construction Project Management
Types of Construction Cost Estimates
Design Estimates in Construction Project Management
Bid Estimates in Construction Project Management

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